HTC Desire 600 dual sim review: One in two

GSMArena team, 19 August 2013.
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Tags: HTC, Android, Dual SIM

Google Now

As an integral part of Android Jelly Bean Google Now is available on the HTC Desire 600 dual sim. You can launch it by holding the home button.

In addition to being able to recognize voice commands, Google Now will learn from your usage patterns, and display relevant information. For example, if you search for a particular sports team frequently, Google Now will serve information for upcoming games you might want to watch.

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Google Now

The service interacts with you by generating cards which are displayed on your screen and give you a short overview of information it believes is relevant to you. Going to work in the morning? Google Now knows this and lets you know there's a big traffic jam on your usual way to the office, and will offer you an alternate route. This extends to a multitude of other areas, including weather, traffic, public transit stations, and nearby points of interest.

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Google Now

You can either type or talk to Google Now and the app will give you one of its aforementioned info cards (if available) and read you its contents aloud (you can disable this in the app settings). If there's no card to help with the answer to your question, Google Now will simply initiate a Google web search instead.

There is also a Google Now widget, which generates information for you based on what your interests are. You can put it on the lockscreen for at-a-glance info.

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Google Now widgets

Synthetic benchmarks

As we already mentioned, the HTC Desire 600 dual sim uses the Snapdragon 200 chipset, which is Qualcomm's entry-level chipset for 2013. It's a quad-core CPU chipset and while four cores may sound impressive on paper, the chipset performance is far from that. The four cores are of the Cortex-A5 variety and they all run at 1.2GHz each. The Snapdragon 200 also includes an Adreno 203 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM.

The Cortex-A5 cores aren't the best performers out there so we don't expect much from the Snapdragon 200 in the following series of benchmark tests.

HTC has obviously kept things on a tight budget when constructing the Desire 600 dual sim, so they've picked the Snapdragon 200 as the cheapest current-gen chipset. Placing a Snapdragon 400 chipset inside it, would've put it directly against the HTC One mini and that's not what HTC is after here.

So, let's see how the four Cortex-A5 cores perform under heavy load. Naturally, single-core performance is underwhelming, but multi-core performance isn't great either. In Linpack, the Desire 600 dual sim barely managed to float above the rock bottom of our list.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Sony Xperia V
    279
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    346
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    409
  • Sony Xperia L
    435
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    499
  • Sony Xperia go
    543
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    552
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    554
  • HTC Desire X
    639
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    800
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    831

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    631
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Sony Xperia SP
    348
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Sony Xperia L
    191
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    189
  • HTC One X+
    177
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175
  • HTC One X
    160
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    107.7

Geekbench 2 tests just about everything you can think off. Unfortunately for the HTC Desire 600 dual sim, that didn't help it bounce up from the bottom of the chart.

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    3227
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • HTC One
    2708
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2173
  • HTC Butterfly
    2143
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1937
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2105
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    1995
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1661
  • iPhone 5
    1601
  • HTC One mini
    1417
  • Sony Xperia L
    1073
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    970

Overall performance is in a similar situation - AnTuTu puts the HTC Desire 600 dual sim at the bottom, while Quadrant considers it to be above last year's midrangers, but it's still near the bottom bracket as far as the current generation of mid-range phones is concerned.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • HTC One
    22678
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    14518
  • HTC Butterfly
    12631
  • HTC One mini
    11434
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    11203
  • Sony Xperia L
    9746
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    6650

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • Sony Xperia V
    5816
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    5053
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    4998
  • Sony Xperia L
    4279
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    3542
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    3045
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    2316

Because of the low-end Adreno 203 GPU that's running the graphics department in the Snapdragon 200 chipset, we had to reside back to the NenaMark 2 benchmark. Unlike mid- and high-end devices, the Desire 600 dual sim GPU didn't max out this test, but it leads the selected 2012 mid-rangers by as much as 11 frames.

NenaMark 2

Higher is better

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    38.8
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    27.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    26.9
  • HTC Sensation XE
    23.0
  • Sony Xperia J
    19.6
  • LG Optimus L7
    19.3
  • Sony Xperia miro
    15.9
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    15.4
  • HTC Explorer
    15.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Y Duos
    13.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    12.9
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace
    12.0

Now it's time to move onto web performance testing. We start with the JavaScript benchmark SunSpider. Here, the HTC Desire 600 dual sim browser is close enough to that of the faster smartphones, but you have got to remember that JS doesn't care for multi-core CPU architecture much. However, BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo show scores that can't really compete with the current batch of midrangers.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    1196
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1192
  • HTC One mini
    1237
  • Sony Xperia V
    1189
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1460
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1660
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    1654
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    1863
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    1901
  • HTC Desire X
    2259
  • Sony Xperia L
    2539
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    2824
  • Sony Xperia J
    2853
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    3578

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Sony Xperia V
    1957
  • Sony Xperia L
    1809
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1592
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    1154
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1079
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    1036
  • Sony Xperia E
    992
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    975
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    908

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2497
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2186
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • Sony Xperia L
    1640
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1572
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1468
  • Nexus 4
    1310
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1234
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1072
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1065

While synthetic benchmarks are good for making comparison tables and all, the stuff that matters is real-life performance. IN this respect the Desire 600 dual sim performed quite satisfactory most of the time - it's not as snappy as Galaxy S4 mini, for example, but it does all the daily tasks done without annoying lags or long waiting times.

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